Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell announced the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) made a $2.3 million investment that will strengthen public infrastructure and workforce development to grow the region’s economy and create jobs.  In addition, more than $4.3 million was recently awarded to rural Louisiana communities for to expand the impact of workforce development efforts through the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) grant initiative. This brings the total amount of recent DRA investments in rural Louisiana to more than $6.6 million.

Sixteen new investments will provide funding for projects supporting water and sewer system improvements and industry-led workforce training programs in communities across Louisiana through DRA and other public and private resources.

“This investment will help boost an already growing economy, which will not only serve our people but also provide much needed support to infrastructure improvements,” said Gov. Edwards. “That coupled with workforce development means that our citizens will be ready to meet the demands for skilled labor, two important building blocks of strong communities. We greatly appreciate the DRA’s dedication to a strong Louisiana.”

Funding for these projects is provided by the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program, DRA’s flagship grant program that makes strategic investments into projects supporting basic public infrastructure, transportation improvements, workforce training and education, and business development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. DRA coordinates directly with the Governor's Office and seven local development districts in the state for program funding implementation.

Awards through the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) grant initiative include the following:

  • $1,930,586 - Northshore Technical Community College - Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parishes
  • $2,457,701 -Southeastern Louisiana University - Livingston, St. Helena, St. James, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parishes

“This is the first time that workforce development dollars have been included which is significant,” said Louisiana DRA Representative Leslie Durham. “This is going to inject more dollars into our rural communities that will help further the growth of their infrastructure and economies.”

Click here to read the release sent out by DRA. 

Click here to read DRA's announcement of investment in workforce development from September.